September 2023

Preventing and addressing physician suicide in your practice


September is Suicide Prevention Month and Sept. 17 is National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Take steps to identify and support at-risk physicians with these resources from STEPS Forward® by the American Medical Association:

CMS's Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting is here to support physicians in your practice

The Colorado Medical Society's Doc2Doc Wellbeing Consulting in collaboration with the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP), provides any physician, medical student or provider licensed by the medical board access to three free one-hour wellbeing consultations with a psychiatrist (physician). There is no evaluation or documentation; this is pre-clinical support for any concern -- burnout, stress or situational issue. Call 720-810-9131 to reach a masters-level licensed clinician who can schedule the first wellbeing consult.

If the need is greater than Doc2Doc's intended scope, CPHP's clinical services can assist, confidentially. CPHP also accepts referrals from anyone who may be concerned about a physician, resident, medical student, physician assistant or physician assistant student.

Private practice physician presents podcast on templated forms

In a new STEPS Forward podcast -- "Work Smarter, Not Harder: Templated Forms for Independent Physicians" -- Lakewood independent physician Carolynn Francavilla, MD, discusses the Private Practice Playbook: Sample Forms Appendix: a collection of templated forms for independent physician practices that address patient, employee, and administrative needs.

Request for applications to build capacity for culturally responsive care


On behalf of the Office of Health Equity and the Health Equity Commission at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, the Trailhead Institute has released a request for applications (RFA) for nonprofit organizations, health care providers, and health care associations to build the capacity of health care providers to deliver culturally responsive and affirming care. Funding is available through House Bill (HB) 22-1267; this grant program seeks to have an impact at a statewide level with a focus on improving health outcomes of underserved and marginalized communities. The deadline to submit applications is Oct. 8.

Informational webinars: 

CMS needs your prior authorization stories


The Colorado Medical Society knows that prior authorization is a burden for you and your practice team, and it’s clear that patients’ health is harmed. Addressing this issue is a CMS priority for the coming Colorado legislative session. 

It's dues season; thank you in advance for renewing your membership

Dues invoices for practices who have opted into group billing were mailed the first week of September. All invoices are due Dec. 31, 2023 for the membership period ending Dec. 31, 2024. Pay early to ensure your practice's physicians have no disruption in benefits through the end of 2024 -- especially if your physicians are COPIC insured and benefit from the significant discount in medical liability insurance! If you are the billing contact and did not receive your group bill, please call 720-859-1001 or email

To pay by check, make the check payable to "Colorado Medical Society" and include a remittance advice listing member(s) being paid. Mail to the Colorado Medical Society, PO Box 17550, Denver, CO 80217. Pay individual physicians' dues (not group bills) online via credit card or ACH directly through the renewal page. If you have questions about payment, call Mihal Sabar, CMS Director of Accounting, at 720-739-8358.

Thanks to our Partners in Medicine, who support Colorado physicians and practices!
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